Workplace Accidents: 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries

We're glad you made it back to this week's blog where our theme is how to reduce workplace accidents. Today we are talking about the 10 most common workplace injuries and how to prevent them.

Statistics tell us that serious workplace injuries are far too common. In 2010, over 4,500 American workers were killed on the job while millions more suffer serious non-fatal injuries.  "Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home"�, Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor wrote in a blog entry.  "Every year in America, 3.3 million people suffer a workplace injury from which they may never recover.  These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy"�

Out of the 10 most common injuries on the job, the majority are random incidents that can happen to anyone and at any time. Not only is it the employer's responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, each employee also has a responsibility to themselves to take caution when on the job.

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Here are the top 10 reported worker's compensation injuries as listed by top insurance companies around the country:

10) On the Job Violent Acts

Attacks caused by office politics and other arguments have led to serious physical injuries. Workplace violence employee training and employee diligence in watching out for suspicious activities can help keep these incidents at bay.

9) Repetitive Motion Injuries 

This type of workplace injury is one of those less obvious but definitely harmful ones in the long run. Repetitive motions such as typing and using the computer 24/7 can strain muscles and tendons causing back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Employee training and the use of proper ergonomic equipment can help keep these incidents low.

8) Machine Entanglement

This injury usually occurs in a factory where heavy equipment and machinery are used. Fingers and hair can get stuck in this type of equipment causing injuries. Employees should wear the proper protective equipment and pull back long hair or cover it up if exposure could lead to injury.  

7) Vehicle Accidents

Employees who drive for business purposes are often injured in auto accidents, some of which can be fatal.  Employee Safe-Driver training and employer safe driving policies can help reduce accidents.

6) Walking Into Injuries

This happens when a person accidentally runs into concrete objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs etc. Head, knee, neck, and foot injuries are common results. Employee's diligence and employer focus on keeping the work environment free from hazards are key to preventing these types of injuries.

5) Falling Object Injuries 

Objects that fall from shelves or dropped by another person can cause very serious injuries. Head injuries are a common result of this type of accident. Employee's diligence and employer focus on keeping the work environment free from hazards are key to preventing these types of injuries.  Of course, proper personal protection gear usage, such as a hard hat, can be instrumental in keeping employees safe.

4) Reaction Injuries

These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling.  These incidents can cause muscle injuries, body trauma, and a variety of other medical issues. It can be hard to prevent such incidents but it is important for employees to pay attention to what is going on in the environment around them.

3) Falling From Heights 

This type of fall happens from an elevated area such as roofs, ladders, and stairways.  They can be caused by slip and fall accidents or due to faulty equipment. These types of accidents can be reduced by the use of proper fall protection equipment, training and employee diligence.

2) Slipping/Tripping 

The number two cause of workplace injuries, this pertains to falls on wet and slippery floors or tripping over something lying on the floor. It is important for employees to pay attention to what is going on around them and for employers to have safety guidelines that ensure spills are promptly cleaned and no debris is present which can be dangerous.

1) Overexertion Injuries 

This includes injuries related to pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying, and throwing activities at work. Overexertion is the number one workplace injury and also the most expensive accounting for $3.4 million in benefit costs annually.

Training, diligence and proper safety equipment are instrumental elements to reducing workplace accidents and injuries but when it comes to bringing workers home safe, it is not enough. Education is what takes workplace safety to the next level.  Arbill offers a wide range of free resources. From whitepapers to single page PDFs that cover a wide variety of safety topics.

Schedule a consultation with an Arbill Safety Expert today to identify areas of improvement and develop a blueprint of the equipment, training and services you need to create and maintain a culture of safety in your workplace.

Have a Safe Day!